My Top 5 Favorite WordPress Plugins
For a long time, I couldn’t stand WordPress. Coming from a MVC world, I found WordPress to violate so many of the best practices I had learned to obey. It wasn’t until I was forced to work with the platform in school and at work I realized it’s true strength: WordPress plugins.
As a result of being such a largely used CMS, the vibrant developer community has produced high quality plugins for nearly every feature you can think of. Here I list the top 5 WordPress plugins I use for nearly every client website I build.
4. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is the very popular go-to plugin for search engine optimization, and rightfully so. Not only does it handle social sharing meta tags and XML sitemap, it also provides an amazingly powerful as-you-write SEO score with insightful optimization tips.
3. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 lets you quickly create contact forms with ease. It’s not the most advanced, but it’s simplify is arguably it’s strength. It supports plenty of field types and also basic input validation, which is good enough for most people.
2. WP Super Cache
Page performance is really important. A slow loading site is a major turn-off for your visitors, especially for mobile visitors. To configure WP Super Cache before launching a WordPress website is something every web developer should do.
1. Advanced Custom Fields
If I had to pick one of these WordPress plugins that has done the most to change my view of WordPress to the better, it’s this plugin. By using ACF you can quickly set up custom fields on both pages and post types, meaning you no longer got an excuse not to make static page content editable via the admin interface. The paid add-ons such as Repeater Fields and Options Page are also warmly recommended.